The war was such a massive conflict, with such a staggering death toll, that it was difficult for many people who experienced it to relate to normal experiences again. Very little seemed to matter when contrasted with the enormity of what they’d seen and done. This is seen in the story in how Krebs can’t see the point to doing anything anymore, “he did not want to get into the intrigue and the politics. He did not want to have to do any courting. He did not want to tell any more lies” (167).
This is particularly impactful segment of the speech due to the fact that Kerry explains how the soldiers of Vietnam will not stay quiet and keep America’s so called dirty secret, but stand up and expose the wrongdoing that was done by America. For example, “We who have come here to Washington have come here because we feel we have to be winter soldiers now. We could come back to this country, we could be quiet, we could hold our silence, we could not tell what went on in Vietnam, but we feel because of what threatens this country, not the reds, but the crimes which we are committing that threaten it, that we have to speak out”(John F. Kerry). Kerry also defends the people of Vietnam in the sense that they do not even fully grasp the reasoning behind the war in the first place. It is here that Kerry makes the point that the Vietnam war is a destructive waste of human life and time.
I was surprised that people would create such nasty things of a man trying to keep war out of our country. Than I thought of all the crap people talk about our president now for mistakes that have nothing to do with him. After I thought about this blame game it began to make sense. The American people have to blame someone when people are dying and or
In a “Vietnam Veterans against the war”, John Kerry’s comment on President Nixon not wanting to become, “the first President to lose a war,” illustrates just how insistent Nixon was on maintaining a superior Presidential image of power. Ironically, Nixon has one of the more, if not the most, tarnished Presidential image due to the Watergate scandal. Kerry’s speech drove the idea that the Veterans fighting in Vietnam did not believe that they were there to do good and did not feel that they were the “heroes” liberalizing the Vietnamese from the dangers of communism. As he notes, most people there did not understand the difference between communism and democracy. The freedom the Vietnamese sought was liberation from the helicopters, the bombs,
He fought a war in Vietnam that he knew nothing about, all he knew was that, “Certain blood was being shed for uncertain reasons” (38). He realized that he put his life on the line for a war that is surrounded in controversy and questions. Through reading The Things They Carried, it was easy to feel connected to the characters; to feel their sorrow, confusion, and pain. O’Briens ability to make his readers feel as though they are actually there in the war zones with him is a unique ability that not every author possess. War was so much more than just war to O’Brien and he able to share this through his writing.
During times of war, trust and survival cease to coexist. Throughout A Long Way Gone written by Ishmael Beah, trust is constantly undermined by survival. Though situations may arise where trust and survival concur, in order to secure safety, placing trust within others no longer remains an option, whether they be strangers, acquaintances, or young children. Once safety is guaranteed, the concept of trust no longer exists, as trust is either diminished by the war or facing misinterpretation. However, the novel does not have only negative outlooks on reliance and faith; trust that was lost can and was
It is not possible for us to understand the significance and impact of Vietnam War through one angle. There were numerous issues regarding veterans of the war. It was first war in history of USA when people of USA took an opposite stance on government foreign policy. Majority of the people were against the war. That is why, they did not any respect to the veterans who returned to the U.S after the war.
He is determined to gain back the attention he thinks he deserves from making lies about the war. Krebs finds that not even his ludacris lies will get him the attention he desires. This shows a selfish side of Krebs. Krebs also is struggling with his luck with women after he comes back from the war. He notices that the women overseas were a lot different than the women in America.
The soldiers minimized sexual violence and preferred not to address any implications of the matter at hand if possible and criticized or ignored the victims and did not trust the reporting procedures. The investigators found that sexual violence was a tool in the military to control hierarchy positions and masculinities. The authors concluded that masculinity is a common feature among militaries in general and hypothesized that it might be a common feature across cultures and nations. The authors defined sexual violence as, “A forceful sexual act, committed against the consent of an individual, including verbal, physical, and psychological violence.” (Korean Sexual Violence Relief Center [KSVRC], 2003 The results of the survey administered concluded that 671 respondents who participated, 103 people answered that they were directly
“In the chaos, it was not immediately clear which agencies did what exactly …” (Levs, 2). This shows the lack of knowledge the authorities had about the situation, and how eager they were to put an end to the riots without thinking about the safety of the protesters. “Chief among them are making decisions like deploying heavily armed officers and using military equipment; which some experts say helped to make a bad decision worse” (Levs, 2). Having the Militarized units, as well as equipment, being brought in caused many people to voice their opinion on the choices being made by the authorities, and how they are affecting the community and the protesters. “Militarization of policing encourages officers to adopt a ‘warrior’ mentality and think of the people they are supposed to serve as enemies” (Levs, 3).
Investigations concerning what happened in My Lai were misleading and superficial, and the info was suppressed. Americans at home really didn 't know what was going on in Vietnam and what they did know, made it seem like we did nothing wrong. In Dear America we lost the public 's support when information about what was actually happening was released. This is when citizens really started to disagree with the government 's choices and with us being in Vietnam. There started to be protesting and there was a huge diversity within the different groups of people.